Travelling to Rhodes - Covid-19 Information
Image © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com

Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle, Rhodes

In a quiet and shady pine forest on the hilltop of Filerimos, which is located on one of the first ancient towns of the island, Ialysos (Ialyssos), stands the astonishing Byzantine castle. Built during the Byzantine Era, the castle lies within a cluster of buildings of major historic importance, amongst Byzantine, Hellenistic and Medieval structures and monuments, including the Temples of Athena Polias and of Zeus.

Undoubtedly, the location of the castle and its enhanced fortresses enabled the Knights of the Era to facilitate and accommodate themselves while effectively protecting them from the attacks of their enemies.

Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com

The castle of Filerimos was constructed by the Byzantines in the 11th century. However, its construction entails the unfortunate event of extracting building material, such as marble and masonry, from the ancient temple of Athena, something that used to be a common practice of almost all the islands’ conquerors, from Byzantines to Italians, who used to destroy existing ancient and Hellenistic structures in order to satisfy their needs and preferences.

 

Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com
Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com

 

 

During the Byzantine Era, the castle was mostly used as a summer residence for the aristocracy and the elite in general, but later it rather turned into a battlefield. Its location on the imposing hill of Filerimos, which enabled the sharp monitoring of a large and significant area of the western coastline of Rhodes, and thus, clear view of the sea and approaching enemy ships, made the castle the center of attention of the Knights of the Order of St. John.

When the knights came to the island, they realized the strategic position of the castle, and rushed to accommodate themselves and eventually engaged themselves in a battle against the Genoese in 1309, in the attempt to conquer the area. Later on, in 1522, the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent, managed to take over the Dodecanese from the Knights. The castle of Filerimos was the very point where his massive army actually launched its attack to the island.

Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com

Throughout the 200 years of the Knights’ occupation, the island and its monuments, including the castle of Filerimos, had undergone major restoration work. Eventually though, and mostly after the Turks seize, the castle was left to abandonment and ruins, with the 5th century Byzantine monastery being the only building to have been fully restored by British and Greeks after the Second World War.

Location:

The castle of Filerimos is 20 km from Rhodes Town and a 5 km drive from the village of Ialyssos through a well sign-posted route.

Map location for Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle

Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle Rhodes Greece map

Article topics

Related articles

The former Governor's Palace, now used as the the Building of the Prefecture, It is one of the most considerable buildings constructed on Rhodes during the Italian occupation of the island. It is a combination of many different architectural styles and its arrangement strongly resembles the Palace of the Duces in Venice.

Topics: Historic buildings, Monuments in Rhodes

Read more about Governor's Palace

Tharri Monastery is surrounded by nature, a perfect place to experience calmness and tranquility. The Monastery is well known for its hospitality and attracts many visitors.

Topics: Monuments in Rhodes

Read more about Tharri Monastery

The hotel is on mount Profitis Elias (Prophet Elias), near the Byzantine monastery with the same name. It comprises two buildings, a three-storeyed one, "Elafos" and a two-storeyed one, "Elafina", both with a basement and a high pitched wooden roof.

Topics: Historic buildings

Read more about Elafos Hotel

Looking for things to do in Rhodes?

Don't miss out on great experiences!
Check out the following offers for things to do and activities in Rhodes!

Looking for a hotel on Rhodes?

Hey! we got some hot rental deals for your vacation!
Check the following deals and special offers for hotels on Rhodes!
Booking.com

Let us know what you think about Filerimos byzantine monastery & castle - we would love to read your opinion!
Rate this article or place (optional)

From our blog

Hippocrates was a Greek physician who lived in Classical Greece (the Age of Pericles). He is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. What Hippocrates Knew and We Have Forgotten.

Read more about Hippocrates: Father Of Medicine

The 5th Medieval Rose Festival of the isle of Rhodes 2011, will take place from 28 May to 2 of July (every Saturday and/or Sunday). Event will take place with the support and under the Aegis of the Municipality of Rhodes.

Read more about 5th Medieval Rose Festival

Rhodes is the walker's island, being the largest of the Dodecanese Island group at about 1398 square kilometers. It offers all kinds of different walking and treking routes including mountains, forestry, areas of historical interest, places of natural beauty, wine producing areas, coastal walks etc. You never have far to travel to get to the start of your walking route, eliminating the need for long bus journeys.

Read more about Walking and Trekking holidays in Rhodes

When you are looking for top things to do in Rhodes, you may find that it is not that easy to pick out just a few options. There are so many different exciting and interesting activities and attractions, narrowing down your options my feel like a small challenge. Let us help you with a few interesting suggestions for top activities, things to do and places to visit on Rhodes.

Read more about Top things to do, places to visit, attractions and activities in Rhodes

We all know or have heard about the winds of the Aegean, most commonly known under the Turkish name Meltemia that appear during the summer season. The etymology of Meltemi is of Turkish origin. The ancient Greeks called it "Etesian" (Yearly). Meltemia generally belongs to the category of seasonal winds.

Read more about Meltemi (or Meltemia), the winds of the Aegean

Weddings abroad are becoming extremely popular amongst European couples, wanting to get away from the traditional "white" wedding day, with all the formalities and stresses that you with it! A wedding abroad, can be the answer to those who want to approach their wedding plans in a relaxed fashion or perhaps dare we say simply want to be married at the end of their day!

Read more about Getting married - weddings in Rhodes

Rhodes is a historic island which has been a crossroad of civilizations in antiquity. Boasting a unique culture, diverse nature, impressive architecture, perfect weather, beautiful coastlines and friendly people helps to make the island the first choice holiday destination for hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Yet the beauty of Rhodes doesn’t end on the surface. An amazing world of supreme beauty is waiting for you under the sea, for some extraordinary underwater experiences!

Read more about Diving in Rhodes

Feedback